02/29/2016 05:15 EST | Updated 03/01/2017 05:12 EST

Leap Manifesto Should Be Reference Point For Policy Debates: Ex-MP Craig Scott

Leap Day activities are being held in parts of Canada Monday.

OTTAWA — Former Toronto MP Craig Scott says the Leap Manifesto, which is being embraced by more than a dozen NDP riding associations ahead of the party's April convention, should serve as a reference point for future policy discussions.

Scott says the manifesto is a welcome idea, but he does not believe it would be wise for the NDP to adopt it as policy without further debate.

Craig Scott is applauded as he is presented to the House of Commons by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and MP Olivia Chow on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, March 29, 2012. (Photo: Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

The Leap Manifesto — which has a wide range of supporters, including actors, labour unions and environmentalists — offers a number of recommendations, including a proposal to wean the country off fossil fuels to address climate change.

At the time of its release last September, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair did not endorse it, but he said he welcomed new ideas and understood it reflected a desire for change.

Filmmaker Avi Lewis, one of the central figures behind the document, says he believes the manifesto is certainly consistent with a social democratic point of view.

Several Leap Day activities are being held in parts of the country in support of the manifesto.

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